7 S's of a Successful Writing Career


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7 S's of a Successful Writing Career


April Aragam

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You can have a successful writing career if you're willing to work at it. Writing success doesn't just happen over time. It takes good habits and tenacity. This article outlines seven steps that will help take your writing to the next level.

1. Stop procrastinating

If you want to get ahead in your career, it's time to stop procrastinating. If you want to sell more, you need to write and submit more. Taking big steps might be too overwhelming, so take baby steps when you set out to get more done. It's easy to constantly say you'll do something tomorrow, but then tomorrow comes and the same thing happens. Stop putting things off and start doing them. Start by submitting an article that was recently rejected or you simply haven't sent out yet.

2. Study

It's important to study not only the business of writing, but the markets that you wish to sell to. It's not enough to simply look at the title of the magazine and assume you can write for them. Even if you are  widely published in the area of fitness articles, you need to study each individual magazine. You have to learn the type of content they publish as well as their style. Every publication has its own voice. To improve your chances of making sales to the publications you're eager to break into you must study them.

3. Submit

It can be nerve-wracking to submit your work to publications. Even the most seasoned writers can be insecure about their work. You can't let this stop you from submitting. At some point you need to stop editing to perfection and just submit. Everything you sell won't be bought on the first try, no one's is, but you have to try. Continue submitting to the publications you've broken into while attempting to break into new ones.

4. Sell reprints

If you have articles that you've retained the rights to, you can sell these as reprints and make some extra money throughout the year. You don't want to spend all of your writing and submitting time with this task, but once a season you can take a day and submit them all. Keep a running list of publications that purchase reprint articles. Don't rely on reprints to bring in the bulk of your income.

5. Set goals

It's important to have goals whether they are financial goals or goals to break into more magazines and publications. Goals help you to keep moving forward in your writing career. You may want to start with a small weekly goal to begin with. Or a daily word count you want to hit. Overwhelming yourself with too many goals is not a good idea at any time. You don't want to put more on your plate than you can handle.  

6. Spin old

You can turn old article ideas into new article ideas quickly and easily by spinning ideas that have worked for you before. You can do different styles of articles using the same research instead of wasting hours of research on just one article. You can aim articles at different audiences as well. If you have articles aimed at women can you change them up and aim them at men? By doing this you can increase your article output and therefore your sales.

7. Social network

Meeting other writers can be of great benefit to you. It helps to have people who understand the business to talk to. People who understand the ups and downs of the writing business. You can share markets and discuss any issues that you have with editors. Having other writers as friends can also inspire you. If you have a writer friend who posts word counts throughout the day, you might start to feel competitive (in a good way) and challenge yourself to write more.

By following the above seven tips you can begin to improve the outlook of your writing career and find the success you've been looking for.